Each year, the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee and the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture organize the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom Program. This program gives schools across the city the opportunity to participate in rewarding activities to landscape and beautify their schoolyard areas, while continuing to learn about horticulture and the environment.
Ultimately, the purpose of the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom program is to educate, cultivate and participate: Educating students about the exciting world of horticulture, cultivating not only gardens but friendships as well and participating in the improvement of our school environments and our community as a whole. For the most part, projects are student driven. As a result, students develop a sense of pride and ownership for their school and work. At the same time, they are taught responsibility, perseverance, teamwork and respect for the environment; skills which are truly essential to their personal and professional development. Presently, the Niagara Falls Schools In Bloom program involves Niagara Falls high schools and elementary schools who have committed to the project.
How does it work?
All City of Niagara Falls high schools and elementary schools qualify for the program (excluding private schools). An online submission must be completed in order to be accepted into the program. The online form will request information on a horticulture plan that you and your student team want to implement during the up-coming spring season. Please keep in mind, that the intent of the program is further student learning in the environment and horticulture, not to be viewed as a funding outlet to beautify the school surroundings. All projects are to involve student input and implementation. Project examples can include a basic flower bed or the creation of a vegetable garden. Peace gardens can be considered and even elaborate projects, such as an outdoor learning space may excite your students. However, if your plan is to attempt something large, such as an outdoor learning centre, you should consider dividing the project up into phases over a few years and ensure your students will be able to implement your project.
Once you have completed the online application, it will then be reviewed by the Schools In Bloom Committee. If approved, you will be notified by City Staff of your school's accepance into the program and sent a program package. If not approved, you will have the ability to resubmit another application that conforms to the program criteria of acceptance. By entering into the program, schools will be eligible to receive certain donations of supplies that will help with their projects. Schools will also receive support from Schools-In-Bloom Committee Volunteer Liaisons who can advise on "how to" ideas for projects. Liaisons will assist you throughout the process to ensure your project is successful.
The next step is to establish a team made up of students and volunteers to help design your project, coordinate donation pick-ups and establish planting days. Your assigned Schools-In-Bloom Committee Volunteer Liaison will be available for you to ask questions along the way. The idea is to have your project (or phase) completed by early June. This is when the Committee will come to your school for a short visit to see what you have accomplished. All participating schools will be recognized at a special Schools In Bloom Ceremony at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture the week after the school visits.
Registering Your School for 2018
Registration for 2018 is now available. Before clicking the registration link, ensure you have the following information available:
- Primary and Secondary contact Information.
- Principal and Superintendent Information.
- Detailed project Information.
- Budget Information.
- Confirmed transportation available to acquire donation supplies.
- JPEG or PDF design layout of project (this portion is to be emailed once the application is complete).
For questions in regard to the 2018 application, please email Jeff Guarasci or call 905-356-7521 ext.3341.
Online Registration Deadline: November 3, 2017
Schools In Bloom Committee Application Assessments: November 15, 2017
Confirmation Announcements: December 1, 2017
NOTE: The program is equipped to accommodate a maximum of 5 high schools and 10 elementary schools per season. Elementary schools are able to participate for a maximum of 3 years, followed by a one year leave prior to requesting participation back into the program.
We Want To See What You Have Accomplished
Near the end of the school year, the Schools In Bloom Committee makes an effort to see what your school has been doing with your projects. This is not an evaluation, but just a viewing to see how things are going. The visit is a short 10 - 20 minute viewing of your project. Schools are not requested to prepare anything for this visit…just show us around! Committee members will be taking pictures of your project. These pictures will be displayed at the ending ceremony. City Staff will connect with each school to develop a visiting schedule for the day. Please make a representative or many representatives for your school available for this visit. The next visit date is scheduled for June 7, 2018.
We Want to Recognize You
Each year, participating schools in the program are recognized for their project accomplishments. Members of Council, Media, Sponsors and Volunteers join the schools in celebration. The 2018 Recognition Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, located beside the Butterfly Conservatory on the Niagara Parkway.
Many thanks to our generous partners for the 2017 program:
- The Park in the City Committee
- Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture
- Meridian Credit Union
- Niagara Falls Horticultural Society
- Gauld Nurseries
- Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.
- Walker Industries and Environmental Group
- Home Depot
- Land Care Niagara
- City of Niagara Falls
Have A Question?
We are here to ensure you have all the answers you need to implement a successful project. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 905-356-7521 ext.3341 or send us an email.